Officials: South Ogden man part of $6.6M cocaine bust in R.I.

Feb 2 2011 - 11:44pm

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Adilson Antonio Reyes
Andrew Rios
Rodrigo Armando Saucedo
Adilson Antonio Reyes
Andrew Rios
Rodrigo Armando Saucedo

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A man identified as a South Ogden resident is one of three people arrested in what Rhode Island state police believe to be the largest drug bust in their state's history.

Authorities investigating large drug shipments from the West Coast into Rhode Island seized more than $6 million worth of cocaine and more than $1 million in cash.

Rhode Island state police recovered 66 kilograms of cocaine, worth $6.6 million, during the weekend bust in North Kingstown. They also recovered $1.2 million in cash.

The arrested men were identified as: Adilson Antonio Reyes, 29, of South Ogden; Rodrigo Armando Saucedo, 31, of Hacienda Heights, Calif.; and Andrew Rios, of Downey, Calif.

The three are being held without bail at the Rhode Island state prison, authorities said.

The three were arrested following a monthslong investigation into shipments of drugs into Rhode Island. State police say the operation relied on a tractor-trailer and tow truck to transport the cocaine to a storage facility.

A man who answered the door Wednesday at the South Ogden home that Rhode Island authorities identified as Reyes' residence said he is Reyes' uncle but declined to identify himself further.

The man said Reyes has never lived at the house and that he resided in Los Angeles, where he worked as a truck driver.

He also said he hasn't talked to Reyes in about a year and was unaware of his nephew's legal problems until being contacted Saturday by a South Ogden police officer.

Reyes did not come up in a search of Utah's state court records.

Rhode Island state police say their investigation started in September from a tip that Reyes was involved in a drug-dealing organization.

Authorities said they located Reyes at a Rhode Island hotel, where they found a tractor-trailer truck registered in his name.

Authorities conducting surveillance saw the truck several times over a few months going to and from a little-used storage facility in North Kingstown, though police say they never saw him driving the vehicle.

Reyes was arrested Saturday at a hotel in West Greenwich, while Rios and Saucedo were arrested at the storage facility.

Thirty-five kilograms of cocaine were found inside the tow truck at the storage facility, and 31 additional kilograms were seized in a hidden compartment inside a Chrysler Pacifica police say belonged to Reyes.

The arrests were carried out by the state police and by a Drug Enforcement Administration task force.

The three men were arraigned Monday at the Washington County Courthouse in Rhode Island and are being held without bail. They have been charged with possession of more than a kilogram of cocaine and conspiracy to possess drugs with the intent to deliver.

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